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Dele Alli - England Improved Facing Euro 16 Woes

Dele Alli - England Improved Facing Euro 16 Woes

Dele Alli has admitted to the fact that England has had to face their Euro 16 demons, in order to improve, having gone down 2-1 a year ago to Iceland in France.

Gareth Southgate has since brought some improvement to the England squad, who recently took part in a Royal Marines boot camp - but not before the players came to terms with their failures last year, according to Alli

"We've done a lot of work in the camp," the Tottenham Hotspur midfielder said ahead of Saturday's World Cup Qualifier against Scotland in Glasgow, live on Sky Sports .

"We've talked about it and I'm sure Gareth's aware of how hard it is to talk about it as players, such a low point in our careers.

"You don't really want to talk about it or think about it because it's such a hard thing, you know? It still makes your heart go and you get a lump in your throat.

"But I think it's important that we do go to those dark places to improve as a team. You need to go through it and see what happened and where we went wrong.

"When you have the chance to improve as a team, you have to take it, even if it does mean going through something like that."

His playing Style Key To His Success

"I know there are a lot of mixed opinions about it, but that's the player I am and it's been in my game ever since I was a youngster," said Alli, who earned his spurs in England's rough-and-tumble third tier with Milton Keynes Dons.

"That's not something I'm looking to change, to be honest. Obviously I've made a few mistakes and hopefully you can tell that I've learnt from them, but like I say, it's not something that I'm worried about.

"Maybe if I didn't have that in my game, I wouldn't have achieved as much as I have done at this age.

"I've had to look after myself for a long time in the football world. You don't want players to think they can walk all over you. So it's important you stand your ground."

Concerning His Future At Tottenham

"It's not really something I'm thinking about too much," he said. "I think people get too worried about where they're going to end up and lose focus on the journey and not enjoying it. So for me as a player, I'm signed at Tottenham and I'm enjoying it.

"Whether I stay at Tottenham for the rest of my career or if I do happen to go somewhere else, I'm sure if I do go somewhere else, it will be at a time when I think that's what's needed.
"Who knows where I'm going to end up, but I'm enjoying the journey."
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